gordonroxburgh
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Concorde - BA Test Flight July 9th

Mon Jul 02, 2001 11:41 pm

According to the UK media, BBC , Sky news etc.. July 9th is the date scheduled for the first Test flight of BA Concorde G-BOAF to an as yet unspecified RAF base.

BA refused to comment on the date apart from saying: "It will be in the very near future, but I would rather not say whether it will be this week, next week, this month or whenever."

Gordon
 
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RE: Concorde - BA Test Flight July 9th

Mon Jul 02, 2001 11:41 pm

A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!!
I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
 
gordonroxburgh
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RE: Concorde - BA Test Flight July 9th

Tue Jul 03, 2001 4:35 am

Great news.

I seen this too in today's papers and teletext.

One report said that they would be using Brize Norton as the test base. Another one to add to the list I suspect.

Now all I need to do is see if I can get the day off work.
 
gordonroxburgh
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RE: Concorde - BA Test Flight July 9th

Tue Jul 03, 2001 4:40 am

opps..I also meant to say that the Press Association were reporting it as well. They are generally regarded the UK most respected media organisation and trusted with reporting of Royal and State events. (Eg Official conformation of a Royal death etc..)
 
Air NZ
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RE: Concorde - BA Test Flight July 9th

Tue Jul 03, 2001 6:02 am

Thats great I reckon. It will be good when they get them back in the air. Does anyone know when Air France is getting theirs back into service, I know that they have done test flights, but actually flying passengers, also if BA will do it at the same time?
 
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Air NZ

Tue Jul 03, 2001 6:16 am

The tests AF have so far done have involved tests to determine the flow paths of leaking fuel around the engines, this took the form of high-speed taxi runs using coloured liquid to simulate fuel, these were carried out in January.
In May, AF carried out taxi and flight tests of the new tyres.
The BA tests on OAF will be to validate the fuel tank liners. Not to belittle the vital AF tests, but OAF's tests are the big one. Success is vital if the C of A is to be returned soon.
Air France are working on the fuel tank liner mods, they started several months after BA and will benefit from the experience gained on OAF. But it is not certain what timetable AF are working to, at this early stage of the mods it would not be sensible of them to commit themselves.
BA's OAE is having the mods done, and OAG will follow soon.

 
donder10
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RE: Concorde - BA Test Flight July 9th

Tue Jul 03, 2001 6:30 am

I'll be at Heathrow that day!!Anyone else going to be there?Alex
 
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RE: Concorde - BA Test Flight July 9th

Tue Jul 03, 2001 6:36 am

 Sad  Sad  Sad  Sad  Sad

Oh dear

I suppose it was inevitable though. Enjoy your time there!
Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
 
gordonroxburgh
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GDB

Tue Jul 03, 2001 6:45 am

From what you said in your post to Air NZ I take it as written that your bosses are pretty confident that the mods will get the green light, otherwise you would not have started the expensive work on OAE?

It will be interesting to see what happens on Monday, (if anything) With the direction that the wind is blowing from. Will the CAA let Concorde take off on 09R with it's flight path out over London rather than the green fields on the flightpath of the 27's?

Good luck to everyone involved at BA and beyond with the tests

Gordon
 
donder10
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Singapore Air

Tue Jul 03, 2001 7:08 am

Why are you so hostiley anti-BA??I couldn't give a shit less with who flies it because it's an amazing plane and is part of British aviational history.
 
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RE: Concorde - BA Test Flight July 9th

Tue Jul 03, 2001 5:44 pm

"Will the CAA let Concorde take off on 09R with it's flight path out over London rather than the green fields on the flightpath of the 27's?"

A tad pessimistic Gordon!
 
gordonroxburgh
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RE: Concorde - BA Test Flight July 9th

Tue Jul 03, 2001 7:03 pm

I don't see it as a problem but what is the feeling of public opinion that the CAA must also consider?
 
YFE
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RE: Concorde - BA Test Flight July 9th

Tue Jul 03, 2001 7:05 pm

Lets hope the bird will fly civil service again.

Greetings,
YFE
 
donder10
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RE: Concorde - BA Test Flight July 9th

Tue Jul 03, 2001 9:07 pm

If it has to fly off from 09R it will probabarly turn West over Tescos in Duke Green.
 
GDB
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RE: Concorde - BA Test Flight July 9th

Tue Jul 03, 2001 11:37 pm

I'm going to sound like a parrot here but, don't do a special trip to LHR until you are sure that there will be a departure. That means if BA do announce it in advance, which may not be likely.
You know I wouldn't give out info unless I was sure it was appropriate, but even I cannot say for certain what day it will be, even if I chose to.
There is still much testing work to be done on the ground.
My advice is to wait for the first scheduled service, we'll know soon enough if there are to be any. If all goes well in testing, that does not mean that scheduled services are imminent, these mods are a big, complex job.
I can tell you that OAE is progressing very well.